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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 209, November 27-29, 1853

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Identifier: DX03930351

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 209, November 27-29, 1853

Description: Describes visiting Mrs. Kidder and hearing news of Lotty Kidder, who is living in Baltimore.


7; I supped, then went to Beach Street. Mrs [Rebecca] Kidder is Mrs Kidder still, — I found her and [Moses] Morse in the back room & a lady boarder. Had to run over my rambles, & in return heard much of folks. How [Dan] Dod had visited Lott [Charlotte Kidder] after [John] Whytal’s quitting the house, how she, Mrs K, had objected to it, and letters had passed ‘twixt her and the parental Dods, uncivil ones, & acquaintance dropped. How Lott had got the Baltimore engagement & gone thither, partly intending divorcement — she can get it by living a year in another state. That she had rowed with Dod, and it was all off there. That was Mrs K’s account. I suppose it’s true enough about Dod. She read me some of Lotty’s letters, and some of Whytal’s, which she had enclosed to her mother. [words crossed out] To one of Whytal’s letters, in which the poor fellow had written kindly, though clumsily to her, mostly about the child [Frederick Whytal], she had added a coarse comment about the quality of the paper! Mrs K was hoarding ‘em in case they might aid Lott in establishing a divorce. / [Arthur] Mason thinks of revisiting England. [Henry] Surtees, the snob and ass of [177] Canal Street reminiscences lives with him. I stayed till 11, then left. Taking a glass of ale at Erfords, I met Folingsby, one of the Lantern artists. He’d been away from New York for a long time. Also I saw Kelly & learnt Mr [Henry] Hart left yesterday for the West.

28. Monday. To [William] Levison again, concluding matters. Thence to [Edwin] Weed and other down town calls. Evening writing.

29. Tuesday. Wrote long letter to Keene Richards. Also to Godfroy containing Lake Superior letter. Down town, Post Office, tailors, [Thomas W.] Strongs &c Price’s. Evening took 3rd Avenue cars and to 28th Street, to [Charles] Welden’s new abode, he having called, th this forenoon, lent me Aristophanes & [Thomas] Carlyle essays. A book evening with him & wife, ale & cigars. Lots of new and noble editions of

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-11-27

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Books and reading


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